Australia

Bombe Alaska at no 7 Balmac, Dunedin

12 of the best Dunedin restaurants and cafes for foodie families

Not only does Dunedin, the South Island’s Scottish heritage city, offer world class museums, epic castles, and some of New Zealand’s prettiest scenery, it’s also packed to bursting point with gastronomic delights. In fact, Dunedin turned out to be quite the culinary revelation for this food fixated fam. Their sublime fine diners and cool cafes […] Read more…

Celebrating Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation with Novotel

Monstrous school holiday fun at Novotel Sydney Central

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky … not unlike their quasi-Goth mama! I’m talking, of course, about my very own gruesome twosome! Raffles and Sugarpuff are more excited than usual at the prospect of a weekend at one of our favourite Sydney “haunts”, the Novotel Sydney Central. It’s not […] Read more…

Treetop Adventures Illawarra Fly with kids

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures with kids

Everyone enjoys a little highland fling once in a while, right? Turns out my kids are especially keen when said flinging is flung above the treetops.  We’re in the NSW Southern Highlands at the award winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, home to Australia’s premier Treetop Walk – a stunning, suspended, cantilevered one way ticket to […] Read more…

Industrial relics at Cockatoo ISland

Art and architecture collide on Cockatoo Island, Sydney  

Sydney Harbour’s largest island is one of the city’s most intriguing and architecturally important sites, cloaked in mystery and history. For almost 200 years, the only way you could visit was if you were transported there in manacles, or you were brandishing a resume packed with industrial skills. But now, visiting one of our crew’s […] Read more…

Novotel Sydney Central with kids

InBalance at Novotel Sydney Central with kids

Sugarpuff is on a bit of a health kick at the moment. She’s become obsessed with Yoga (her very own special version which she claims makes her feel “loosey goosey” – it’s best not to ask). She’s also become more interested in healthy eating because she says it gives her more energy (though, I doubt […] Read more…

Pool with a view: Park Hyatt Sydney with kids

Park Hyatt Sydney with kids

What do you get when you head overseas on a week-long exotic adventure with your bestie and leave the kids behind? Well, besides frequent hangovers. The answer is two rather miffed offspring who are eager for some adventures of their very own. And while they’re full of intriguing suggestions including flying to Morocco for cous […] Read more…

Interview Sally Fitzgibbons Novotel Ambassador

Raffles chats with Pro Surfer and Novotel Ambassador, Sally Fitzgibbons

Novotel hotels are launching a range of new wellness offerings just for kids in time for the Autumn School Holidays. The new programme includes a healthy menu and two in-room kids work out shows starring Play School’s Rachael Coopes and Australian professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, designed to keep families healthy and active during their holidays. […] Read more…

Koonya Garlic Festival is a celebration of the popular ingredient

Tasmania’s Koonya Garlic Festival with kids

Garlic! For thousands of years, it has been revered as a food and medicine and reviled as a sign of Satan. Indeed, the poor, identity-conflicted bulb has been multitasking itself silly. It has been used to create culinary masterpieces the world over, formed the basis for magic potions, warded off evil, used to both inflame […] Read more…

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